Entries wanted for Kids ‘Mini Me’ Marathon

City of Derry Spartan Declan Reed clinched the Personal Bests race in London last weekend.

City of Derry Spartan Declan Reed clinched the Personal Bests race in London last weekend.

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Over the new few weeks road races will step up, giving athletes chances to step their preparation for the SSE Airtricity Walled City Marathon at the end of the month.

Tomorrow (Thursday) night the Wilkies Run gets underway at 7.30pm out of the Long Tower Youth & Community Centre and using the traditional ‘Out the Line’ 5 mile course. Entries taken on the night for this popular Foyle Valley promotion, from 6pm.

The run in to the Walled City Marathon on Sunday May 31st is marked by the Buncrana 5k on Wednesday May 27th, at 7.30pm with the annual Buncrana race expected to pull in the usual big numbers, keen to take on the fast out and back course alongside Lough Swilly.

While the SSE Walled City Marathon, has a ‘Mini Me’ in the Kids Mini Marathon which allows young runners from 7 to 17 years to share the big stage with their full Marathon counterparts.

The Mini Marathon is a 1K run on a section of the full marathon course.

Commemorative race medals, Goody Bags, a sense of achievement and the acclaim of huge crowds are the rewards.

Entries are still being taken for this year’s event, there is no entry fee, you must be between 7 and 17 years of age.

To enter simply get along to Templemore Sports Complex and sign on for the event. Parental permission is necessary. For more information contact Tommy McCallion, Services Manager, TSC, phone 028 71 289200

Meanwhile Declan Reed took in the Highgate Harriers Night of 10,000 metre Personal Bests in North London on Saturday evening and won his race with a decent 31 minutes and 27 seconds effort as he continues to feel his way back to full race fitness.

The Spartan has been hampered with a lingering foot problem following his brilliant cross country season and with his major target a crack at the Berlin Marathon in September, the weekend performance indicated he may be getting back to the free flowing runner we saw last Autumn and Winter.

Mountain runner Allan Bogle was in North Wales over the weekend captaining the Northern Ireland squad at the Inter Counties Fell Running championships and did well.

Another recovering from injury, the Eglinton man finished 30th in a top quality field, second NI finisher behind 11th placer, the England based Gavin Mulholland, as the Northern Ireland team finished sixth behind winners Cumbria.

Closer to home the Surf and Turf event at Benone Beach on Saturday saw Pius McIntyre notch an easy victory in the Half Marathon with a good 84 minutes and 42 seconds clocking.

DCTC duo Darren Crossan and Cathal McLaughlin took first and third in the 10k race with 36 minutes and 46 seconds and 37 minutes and 10 seconds clockings.